It’s an effing joke, you retard

Good grief, some people get offended over the most silly things:

A cafe owner has come under fire for a chalk sign message meant to be a joke, but which has instead attracted criticism.

The message at Kush Coffee in Nelson read: “My girlfriend left me after I sold her wheelchair… but she’ll come crawling back”.

An oldie but a goodie.

Kush Coffee owner Andy Budd said he took the message down yesterday after a customer complained.

“It was supposed to be a laugh but I’ve taken it down now. One of our customers asked us to.”

Budd said the chalk message was up for a few days before the able-bodied customer complained it was offensive.

A tweet showing the blackboard message attracted a backlash against the popular coffee shop, which Budd opened 13 years ago.

Commenters called it “revolting”, “sick” and “crappy behaviour”.

Cath Sheard wrote: “How disgusting. As a woman with a disability, I’d never go there or recommend to anyone.”

I would, sounds like a top place, run by a top bloke with a healthy sense of humour. If Cath Sheard, who sounds like a humourless bint, doesn’t want to drink there, then go elsewhere with all the other lemon-lipped, bitter, miserable oiks. There are plenty of other cafes, so many that they are forced to sell coffee. It must be awful going through life wearing shit-tinted glasses.

But disability advocate Kylee Black was appalled and disappointed at the sign.

Black, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which confines her to a wheelchair, was appalled a cafe owner thought the message was okay.

“Because you’re actually making fun of an entire population of people at their own expense where actually my wheelchair doesn’t limit me, my wheelchair gives me freedom.”

She dismissed Budd’s explanation of pushing boundaries as not relevant or appropriate.

“It’s not doing anything to create positive affirmation of awareness around disability. The only thing it’s doing is actually having a laugh at the disabled person’s expense.”

Black said the fact the joke was also aimed at women made it worse because it exploited two minorities.

“It’s misogynistic. If we’re wanting to create healthy debate, and if we’re wanting to create open conversations we actually need to think about the light in which we’re doing that.”

Right, I get it. You can only tell jokes about cripples if you are crippled. You can only tell jokes about retards if you are a retard. You can only tell jokes about wogs if you are a wog. You can only tell jokes about cuckolded skinny white men if you are Guy Williams.

Some of our readers commented last night, like Sunnyjim who is in a wheelchair himself:

I am disabled and wheelchair dependent and this disability advocate certainly does not speak for me. If I had read this sign while in my wheelchair it would have given me a giggle and I would not have been offended. One has to keep a sense of humour.

What was more hurtful to me was coming home after a hospital appointment and finding half the household gone and a note from my partner of 10 years telling me that she “did not want to waste her life looking after a cripple”. Fortunately I have some sincere and genuine friends who always look out for me.

And Nechtan;

Well Kylee, I’m also in a wheelchair and I can see the humour in the sign.
Were any wheelchair bound people denied access or service?
No? Ok then, so just hurty feelings then?
I prescribe two concrete pills straight away and one every day until the hurty feelings go away.

Which reminds me…what is the hardest thing about eating vegetables?


-NZ Herald, the periodical for the perpetually outraged